The 2014 Boldface Conference: Register Now!

February 9th, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink


Registration is now open for the 2014 Boldface Conference, which will be held from May 19-23 in the Honors College at the University of Houston.  Registration is $125 for students and includes all conference activities, plus breakfast and lunch daily. On-campus housing and individual manuscript consultations are available for an additional fee. To register for the conference, visit

We’re very excited to announce our visiting writers for the 2014 conference, fiction writer Amber Dermont, poet Franke Varca, and non-fiction writer David MacLeanRead more about these fantastic writers and their work at

Register now! We look forward to seeing you there.


Boldface 2014 Registration Opening February 10

February 2nd, 2014 § 0 comments § permalink


Registration for the 2014 Boldface Conference is now open. This year’s conference will be held from May 19th-23rd, 2014, in the Honors College at the University of Houston. The country’s only literary conference specifically for emerging writers, Boldface is a week of intensive daily workshops in fiction, poetry or non-fiction, craft talks, readings, and social events. The $100 student registration fee includes breakfast and lunch daily, and on-campus housing is available for an additional fee. For more information, contact conference administrator Elizabeth Winston at boldfaceconference [at] gmail [dot] com.

To register for the 2014 conference, visit

Announcing the 2nd annual Glass Mountain Poetry and Prose Contest!

November 30th, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


Glass Mountain Magazine, the University of Houston’s award-winning undergraduate literary journal, is now accepting submissions for its second annual Poetry and Prose Contest, which will be judged this year by Antonya Nelson (prose) and Tony Hoagland (poetry). The deadline is January 1, 2014. Winners in both categories will receive a $250 cash prize, publication in Glass Mountain, and free registration for the 2014 Boldface conference. Don’t delay! Submit your best work online at

Click here to view the Prose & Poetry Contest Flyer

The fall 2013 Boldface Write-A-Thon

October 21st, 2013 § 0 comments § permalink


A huge thank-you to all of you who came to or sponsored our fall 2013 Write-a-Thon on November 9. You helped make the Boldface 2014 fundraiser our most successful Write-a-Thon ever, with more than $10,000 in funds raised. All Write-a-Thon donations are fully tax-deductible, and help support Boldface, the University of Houston’s annual conference for emerging writers.

If you didn’t sponsor a writer at the Thon but would still like to contribute, we will be accepting donations through May 2014. Online contributions can be made at Thank you for your support!


be bold | face the writer in you.

February 15th, 2012 § 0 comments § permalink


Welcome to Boldface 2014! This year’s conference will be held from May 20-24 in the University of Houston’s Honors College, located in the MD Anderson Library on the university’s main campus in the heart of Houston.  The conference allows emerging writers the intense studio focus necessary to develop their craft. Participants can look forward to daily workshops led by graduate students from the University of Houston Creative Writing Program, as well as craft talks, readings, off-site events, and a day dedicated to panels on professionalization. Visiting writers Amber Dermont, Franke Varca and David MacLeanwill give readings and craft talks, and will be available for individual manuscript consultations.


Who can attend Boldface?  Anyone who is 18 or over and who has an interest in creative writing, but who has never been enrolled in a graduate writing program (MFA or PhD).  Many of our participants are college students, but we’ve had a number of participants from the Houston professional community as well.  We welcome participants from around the nation.

  • When is the Registration Deadline? How much does it cost?  Early Bird registration for students is $100. The regular registration deadline is midnight on Saturday, May 4, and the fee is $125 for students, and $200 for non-students.

What’s included in the conference registration fee? This conference registration fee includes breakfast and lunch on Monday-Friday, as well as workshops, craft talks, and readings.  The registration cost does not include travel, housing, or dinner.

A limited number of individual consultations with visiting writers are also available for an additional fee of $25.  These consultations are one-on-one conversations about a piece of writing that you send the visiting writer in advance.  Some of these sold out last year, so to guarantee a consultation, we recommend booking in advance.

Is Housing available? We do have a limited number of rooms available in Cougar Village, the University’s newest housing community, for rental.  The price for a shared room for the duration of the conference is $200.  Check in will be after 4:00 pm on Sunday, May 18th, and Check out is before noon on Saturday, May 24th.

How and why do we keep this conference so inexpensive?  Registration fees only cover a fraction of our cost in putting the conference together.  We aim to provide access to high-quality instruction and events to all income levels.  We do our best to keep the registration fees affordable to the community by doing fundraisers like the write-a-thon.  If you’d like to help, you can contribute to the write-a-thon by sponsoring a participating writer, or you can participate in it and find donors to sponsor you.

We’re happy to announce this year’s visiting writers!